RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart is familiar with the Final Four, having led the Rams there in 2011. Now he is acquainting himself with the Third Annual ESPN/Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge Final Four.
Smart advanced after leading the East Region from wire-to-wire. He defeated the likes of Bob Huggins of West Virginia, Jim Boeheim of Syracuse and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke.
The other three coaches joining Smart are Frank Haith (Missouri), Johnny Dawkns (Stanford) and last year's winner Thad Matta (Ohio State).
Coach Smart has selected FRIENDS Association for Children, a local non-profit agency, which has been serving children and families in the Richmond community for over 140 years. Currently, FRIENDS serves nearly 1,000 children, ages six weeks to 17 years. There are two Richmond locations – the John C. Purnell, Jr. Child Development Center in Jackson Ward and the Robert L. Taylor Childcare Center in Church Hill. FRIENDS serves children from low-to-moderate income working families, and offers a broad array of services to help them gain critical literacy and developmental skills needed to succeed in school and in life. These services also help children achieve a greater understanding and appreciation of their community and the world around them.
The championship round of voting runs from Feb. 27- March 10. To cast a vote for Coach Smart and FRIENDS, simply register at espn.com/infiniti (or sign on via Facebook), and look for the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge banner. Votes can be made daily throughout the contest. VOTE SMART!